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Man jailed for murder of Sabri Chibani in Streatham

News   •   Nov 15, 2018 13:19 GMT

Victim: Sabri Chibani

A man who stabbed his teenage roommate to death in Streatham has been sentenced.

Ronny Padilla, 23 (14.01.95) of Hopton Road, Streatham, was convicted at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 13 November.

He was sentenced at the same court today, Thursday, 15 November, to life with a minimum of 16 years imprisonment.

At approximately 15:50hrs on Sunday, 11 February, police were called to reports of an injured man on Hopton Road.

Officers attended and found 19-year-old Sabri Chibani (3.06.98) from Streatham suffering from stab wounds in the driveway of a residential address.

They immediately provided first aid until the arrival of the London Ambulance Service and the London’s Air Ambulance.

However, despite best efforts, Sabri was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 16:39hrs.

A post-mortem examination took place at Greenwich Mortuary on Tuesday, 13 February and gave the cause of death as an incised wound to the chest.

Detectives established that Sabri was attacked inside the flat he shared with Padilla and two other men, including his brother.

The court heard that when the attack happened, Sabri’s brother was woken by him crying in pain.

When he went to investigate, he saw Padilla on top of Sabri in the corridor with a knife in his hand.

This startled Padilla and caused him to attempt to escape by running out of the flat and into the front driveway where he was seen to drop the weapon.

At this point, Sabri was conscious and managed to follow Padilla out of the house with his brother. In the front driveway, Sabri collapsed and police arrived.

Officers who attended the scene were alerted to Padilla by residents, who witnessed the ordeal outside, shouting: "He did it".

At this point, Padilla admitted he was responsible and held his hand out to officers to be handcuffed.

Padilla was detained and a six-inch kitchen knife, now known to be the weapon used by Padilla, was found close to Sabri’s body.

He was arrested at the scene and later charged with murder on Tuesday, 13 February.

During Padilla’s interview he denied deliberately causing the injuries. He claimed he was using the knife whilst preparing food and Sabri had "accidentally collided with him in the corridor."

In a statement, Sabri's father Mounir said: "Sabri was full of life and ambition. He was a very keen footballer, enjoyed playing basketball, travelling and loved singing.

"To say he was a popular and adored young man amongst his family and his friends is an understatement. Everyone liked Sabri, he was an angel; no other word can describe him.

"Sabri was an excellent student having gained qualifications at school, and then further IT qualifications at College.

"It was his intention to attend university in England and continue his IT studies. He was very hard working and in order to assist funding his ambition, he gained employment working as a waiter doing long unsociable hours.

"Last year, Sabri passed his driving test. He planned to save some of his earnings and buy himself a car.

"Sabri’s tragic and untimely death in February this year has created an enormous void in all of our lives. Even now, we cannot believe he is no longer with us.

"We are all destroyed and feel hopeless, knowing that Sabri was denied the opportunity to enjoy life to the full.

"It has been extremely frustrating not being able to fully understand why Mr Padilla has taken my son’s life.

"I speak on behalf of Sabri’s whole family when I say that we would like to convey our thanks and gratitude to all of the police service and court authorities who have assisted in bringing Sabri’s killer to justice."

Detective Sergeant David Brooks said: "This was a tragic loss of a young person’s life and I hope today’s conviction provides Sabri’s family with some measure of comfort and closure.

"Despite the overwhelming evidence against Padilla, he refused to admit his guilt and put the victim’s family through a trial where the details of this shocking and horrific day were relived.

"Although the motive of this attack remains unknown, Padilla is clearly a dangerous individual who will now serve a lengthy sentence behind bars."